TD Bank and TreesGreenville volunteers participated in TD Tree Days today by planting 91 native trees at Trailblazer Park in Travelers Rest, S.C. TD Tree Days is a community-based program with the goal of expanding urban forests and green spaces where they are most needed and promoting a cleaner, greener planet.
“It’s part of our commitment to environmental sustainability,” TD Bank regional vicepresident Cal Hurst said. “[TD Tree Days] is a way for us to make a visible commitment to our community in that way.”
Getting employees active in the community which they serve is also a purpose of the event, Hurst said. The partnership with TreesGreenville helps provide the necessary manpower and funds to help make the event possible each year.
“We want to make an impact and make better the communities in which we serve,” Hurst said. On a day-to-day basis, this impact appears in the form of being good stewards of clients’ money, he said. But during TD Tree Days, it appears in the form of planting trees.
The special day in the Upstate also helped raise awareness of the work TreesGreenville does in local communities, the idea of sustainability, and the importance of what trees do—beautify communities, improve air quality, reduce carbon emissions, and improve quality of life.
“The cumulative impact of our partnership with TD Bank is 627 trees planted,” TreesGreenville executive director Joelle Teachey said in the release. “One mature tree can remove the equivalent of 11,000 miles of car emissions each year. Multiply that by 627 and that’s over 6.8 million miles of car emissions these trees will remove each year when they reach maturity. That’s a significant impact.”
TreesGreenville, one of 18 U.S. organizations chosen by TD Bank, has participated in TD Tree Days for seven consecutive years. Partnering organizations are selected from an application process.
Founded in 2010, TD Tree Days has brought together community members and employees to plant more than 300,000 trees and shrubs in the U.S. and Canada with support from The Arbor Day Foundation, according to the release. This year’s events will result in more than 1,000 volunteers and approximately 850 trees and shrubs planted in 19 communities from Maine to Florida.